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Newsletter: Update - May 2015

The project comes to an end

By the end of April 2015, the project had achieved its goals and come to the end of its projected life cycle. However, we’ll be continuing to disseminate the resources and research findings over the next couple of years through seminars, presentations and journal publications.

In all, we presented our work at 41 conferences, workshops and seminars to academics in universities in Australia and China. We also trialled our resources in dozens of seminars in China with students bound for postgraduate study abroad, as well as worked with Chinese and multi-cultural student groups in seminars and workshops run in Australian universities.

NSW/ACT workshops

The most recent series of professional development workshops took place in April when Associate Professor Christine Daymon and Dr Lindy Norris toured universities in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

Click here to view the slides from these workshops.

As well as presenting in the NSW/ACT visits a culmination of our thinking over the last two years, we discussed and workshopped some of the teaching strategies and materials developed by the project. Because many participants teach in a range of disciplinary fields, we were able to consider the extent to which the resources might be adapted for supporting Chinese students on courses other than media and communication. It appears that providing that some minor changes are made, and further research is undertaken, then the teaching strategies and focus of the resources may be useful for supporting multi-cultural groups of postgraduate students studying in other disciplinary areas. We discuss this further in our Final Report (see below).

Where to find project resources

We’ve produced a range of multi-media resources in English and Chinese for use by lecturers who seek to support Chinese students to be successful in postgraduate study in Australia. The materials focus on topics and skills that our research suggests students need to be proficient in if they are to achieve success in the disciplines of media and communication. There’s also a set of briefing notes to alert lecturers to key cultural differences between Australian and Chinese education systems and contexts. These differences determine many of the academic challenges that confront both international students and their Australian lecturers. It’s up to us as academics to become more culturally aware of different education practices and expectations, and develop our pedagogic portfolios to best support students from different academic backgrounds.

Click here to access the resources which are available on the website (

Final report available later in 2015

The final project report has been drafted and sent to the Office of Learning and Teaching, Department of Education and Training. Once this is approved, you’ll be able to download it from the Project Reports section of this website.

The report gives an overview of our achievements and also presents a brief literature review of the context in which our research took place. We also include a conceptual framework which identifies difference and commonality in relation to Australian and Chinese academic cultures. This emerged from the primary and secondary research and informed the development of our resources. It will be discussed in more depth in forthcoming publications in the communication and education journals.

Thanks to everyone involved

This project has been made possible only because of the support and goodwill of a huge number of academics and students in Australia and China, as well as the UK and USA. The project team would like to thank them all. We also acknowledge the supportive input and encouragement of Ellen Poels at the Office of Learning and Teaching.

We wish all future postgraduates studying in Australia and their Chinese and Australian lecturers much satisfaction and fulfilment in their intercultural interactions.

Your invitation to find out more

If you’d like more information generally (and can’t find it on our website), please feel free to email Dr Lindy Norris. She will be able to provide information on the various publications once they are in print.

Associate Professor Christine Daymon
Project Director
May 2015


Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

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